26 Aug 2011

Foodie Alert! Scottsdale Cooks Up Delicious Events for Fall

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We are so excited for fall to begin and not just because of the gorgeous weather, but because there are so many delicious food festivals to look forward to!   Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

Scottsdale kick’s off the season in September with our personal favorite, Arizona Restaurant Week, where food lovers can savor a three-course meal at some of the most noteworthy restaurants in town for only $20 to $40 per person.  There are over 200 participating restaurants this year and only nine days to try them all… decisions, decisions!

Arizona Restaurant Week

200 participating resturants

September 17 – September 25

www.arizonarestaurantweek.com

The Annual Arizona Taco Festival is a spicy competition in October where everyone from name chefs to my friend’s neighbor’s aunt will be competing for the best taco of the year — and a $7500 prize.  We take our tacos seriously here in Arizona.

Arizona Taco Festival

Scottsdale Waterfront

October 15

www.aztacofestival.com

The Cupcake Love-In is a sweet event that celebrates local treats while doing good for the community. This family-fun event will feature kid’s decorating station, cupcake sampling and a cupcake-eating contest!

Cupcake Love-In

Hotel Valley Ho

October 30

cupcakelovein.com

Is your mouth watering yet?  Stay tuned for more juicy details on upcoming food-related events.

22 Feb 2011

Scottsdale Culinary Fest

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Each spring Arizona residents and visitors celebrate the perfect weather and the local, renowned restaurants with the Scottsdale Culinary Festival at the Scottsdale Civic Center.  Savor five days of decadent food and wine… here’s a list of this year’s event activities:

Tuesday, April 5th

Kickoff Party - W Scottsdale
Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame – Technique Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Wednesday, April 6th

Chef Tribute Dinner – J&G Steakhouse
bBbblies & Bliss – Narcisse Champagne Lounge at Scottsdale Quarter

Thursday, April 7th

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner – The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Chocolate & Wine Experience – Degree 270 at Talking Stick Resort

Friday, April 8th

Eat, Drink, & Be Pretty – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, April 9th

Cooks & Corks™ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Great Arizona Picnic™ – Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Saturday Cooking Demonstrations – Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Chefs Wine Dinners – Various Restaurants

Sunday, April 18th

Cooks & Corks™ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Great Arizona Picnic™ – Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Challenge to the Chefs – Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Wine Country Brunch™ – Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Best of the Fest™ – Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

The Sunny Scottsdale Condo is conveniently located in the center of all the festivities, so you’re never too far away.  And also, there is a gym and lots of walking trails nearby to work off all those calories!

18 Oct 2010

Expanding Dining Options Continue in the Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental Neighborhood

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The neighborhood around our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental continues to grow with new and exciting dining concepts. In the past few months several new restaurants have opened up while others have had face-lift or just changed up the menu offerings. Scottsdale in general is very blessed to be home to many successful and well polished restaurateurs who know how to serve a great meal.

One of THE best features of our Scottsdale Vacation Rental is the proximity to Scottsdale’s best dining and things to do along ‘Resort Row;’ and now the options just continue to get better!

The great part of having a vacation rental with an awesome location is that you can cook something up on your own, you can head out for a night on the town, or you can do both (where you maybe just head out for dessert and scenery).

Below is a quick recap of recent openings in the neighborhood with links to the restaurants or news coverage. Enjoy and Happy Dining!

Rancho Pinot –  This restaurant has been in business for many many years, and has become well known for its unique southwestern style menu and and upscale atmosphere. Loca-vores (those who prefer to eat locally harvested foods) love this place, because Rancho Pinot offers what chef-owner Chrysa Robertson calls “a simple, quick, delicious menu featuring fabulous produce from our favorite local farmers.” Now they are open for lunch!

Eddie’s House – Local Celebrity Chef Eddie Matney does an amazing job at creating a unique menu, with interesting twists on known favorites in an warm, classy, and fun atmosphere. Be sure to say hello to Eddie if you make it to his restaurant, he is a great guy and always happy to say hello to diners. Eddie just updated his menu to also include lunch! Eddie just updated his menu to also include lunch!

Blue 32 Sports Grill – This new concept hails from Gilbert Arizona, and just opened a new location along Scottsdale Road, just north of Indian Bend. This is hands down THE best sports bar in Scottsdale. If you are on vacation and need to catch a game, this is where you will find THE most TVs, a great beer selection, and worthy eats good enough to occupy even the non-sports fan (perhaps your significant other?).

Jimmy Woo’s Chinese Food –  The creators behind Stingray Sushi, Geisha A Go Go, and Drift Lounge have just opened this new restaurant where traditional Chinese cuisine meets contemporary design. Daily happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m., features half-priced cocktails, beer and wine, plus discounted appetizers. And for quick take-out, “Jimmy’s Back Alley” is open all day. I haven’t had the chance to visit and dine yet, and the reviews are still out. Though my hunch is that the experience is trendy, and the food is at least ok.

Wildflower Bread Company – If you’re a healthy eater then you’ll love this place. If you  just want a tasty sandwich or something for breakfast, then you’ll love this place.  You can bring your laptop and surf their free wi-fi while you nosh on your meal. The decor is bright and slightly modern. It’s a decent place, and does a lot of business. The best part is that you can walk here from your Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo.

Starbucks within Walking Distance – Even though this Starbucks is walking distance, most likely you’ll want to drive. That’s just because the rule of thumb in Phoenix is that if it’s farther than 500 feet, you’re going to drive. Anyways, whenever I travel I always want to know if there is a Starbucks nearby. And in this case, even though they haven’t done anything new to report, I just wanted to report that a nearby Starbucks does exist, and they do a great job too!

06 Oct 2010

Farmers markets poised to launch fall season in NE Valley

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Markets are increasing their hours thanks to popular demand.

If you love delicious fresh food, then Scottsdale is going to rank high on your list of great places to find fine dining. Plus our Scottsdale vacation rental condo by owner is walking distance to one farmer’s market, and 5 minutes driving distance to several others. Reading this article here, it sounds like the popularity of Famer’s Markets are continuing to grow at an outstanding rate thanks to the perfect combination of people who love to prepare local food and farmers willing to supply it!!

Read more about Farmer’s Markets in Scottsdale at Azcentral.com:

Farmers markets poised to launch fall season in NE Valley

November 28, 2010 Update:

Coverage on Scottsdale Farmer’s markets continues with an updated list of active farmer’s markets.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/10/12/20101012scottsdale-area-farmers-markets-prog.html

The two closest Farmer’s markets are The Borgota on Fridays and Gainey Village on the First Sunday of the Month.  There is also a farmer’s market on Saturdays across the street from the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo, at the Artesia Shopping Center which can be accessed by the Scottsdale Greenbelt without ever needing to cross a busy street.